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Unread 07-05-2013, 05:24 AM
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Re: what scope for long/short range AR-15

My AR used for Coyotes has an older Leupold MK4 3x9 with a tactical milling reticle.my turret is set to go out to 600 yards. I can also use my reticle if desired for faster action, wind, and leads for the runners.

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Unread 07-05-2013, 08:44 AM
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Re: what scope for long/short range AR-15

I completely agree. Hans Spuhr showed me the 45 degree mount at the 2013 Shot Show. After seeing it, it seems completely ideal. Like you said, you can just rotate the gun to aquire the reflex sight, and you never even have to lift your head off the cheek rest.

I have a reflex sight mounted about the scope on my AR, and although it works ... I would do it differently now (and probably will at some point).

Here is a photo of the 45 degree Spuhr mount setup I was talking about seeing:

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Unread 08-11-2013, 09:14 AM
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Re: what scope for long/short range AR-15

I really like the mil dot. As (GreyFox) stated he does to. I've got all my hold overs and actual click values documented in my scope cap. It makes going shooting with my buddies a whole lot of fun. As for scope in spring sometime I will be changing out scopes between my AR-15 project and my M-700 308. The AR will end up with a 1" Nikon Monarch 4-16 mil dot, while the 308 will get my 30MM Sightron SIII.

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Unread 08-12-2013, 11:39 AM
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Re: what scope for long/short range AR-15

Depends on what your idea of longrange is? Some guys I shoot with think 200 yards is a stretch and well 300 is a hail mary. Right optics for the right job, so many choices. Being someone who works with Nikon I can tell you that I have used ALL of the M-223/P-223 scopes. I am currently shooting a P-223 3X x32 Carbine scope on my LMT 5.56 for competitions. It allows me to get on target quickly and has an excellent field of view. I am also a fan of the M-223 1-4 Point Blank Reticle which my son uses on his competition rifle. The 1x is a true 1x setting and the 4 lets you reach out to 200 yards without any adjustments. Zero at 100 and you about 1.5 in. low at 200 yards. The M-223 2-8 in either BDC or Rapid Action turret will give you the magnification to engage targets at 600 yards. I must admit, my older eyes do like at least 10 or 12 power for that kind of shooting and 16X makes 600 yards almost easy when using Nikon's M-Series reticles. I recently had the pleasure of going 10 for 10 at 500 yards using the new M-223 4-16 BDC 600 scope.
Obviously a lot of good choices available to you, my suggestion is to look down as many tubes as you can and then buy the one that you feel will fit your needs the best. Make sure you check out Nikon's M-223 XR Ar Mount too. Built in 20 MOA .

P-223 3X Carbine scope being used the way it was intended to be used

My wife practicing with M-223 1-4 Point Blank Reticle
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Unread 08-12-2013, 12:45 PM
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Re: what scope for long/short range AR-15

SPUHR... way over priced. At least check out Aadmount first. SWFA is where I got mine from. Yes with the 45 mount as well. If you have the money get the one piece SPUHR, Id like another.

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